Through the Policy Advocacy Initiative, FFCR will harness the power of the CRP program by engaging and training volunteers to take the lessons they have learned “in the trenches” to reach out to policymakers in Tallahassee. Florida Foster Care Review is working in collaboration with Jack Levine to develop and implement this initiative. Jack is the founder of 4Generations Institute and a seasoned policy expert and advocate who served as President of Voices for Florida’s Children for 25 years. Under Jack’s guidance, FFCR will educate its volunteers concerning their power to effect change, and then recruit and train volunteers for advocacy. FFCR will develop legislative talking points, issue action alerts, and engage in other strategies to communicate more – and more effectively – with legislators. Along with FFCR staff, volunteers will meet with legislators in district and participate in Children’s Week in Tallahassee. Project goals are to increase citizen advocacy and achieve progress on key policy changes and budget investments that benefit maltreated children and youth.